51 Hours to Chicago

Jul 1, 2010

Danelle and I just started our journey by train to Chicago on the California Zephyr. We left from Emeryville at 9:50am and arrive in Chicago in 2 days at 3:30pm.

We got a sleeper car which is cozy, but has two beds that fold out and enough space for our luggage and to stretch out. We brought plenty of books and games. So settling in for a couple of days of relaxation.

In Chicago, we’re going to see a Cubs game on the 4th, go to some museums, good restaurants and enjoy the city. I’ve only been there briefly and this will be Danelle’s first time.

Our biggest concern is leaving the pup home with the parents. Hopefully he behaves himself and doesn’t give them too much grief.

Jul 2, 2010

We are just entering into Colorado now, the scenery is changing from the deserts of Nevada and Utah to more greenry; just passed through 1 of 19 canyons carved out by the Colorado river that we’ll see.

The first night was a bit more uncomfortable than expected, the air is out in our room and real tight accomadations — did not lead to restful sleep; but the free coffee makes up for any lack of sleep. Hopefully they can switch rooms for us tonight, else our first day in Chicago might be catching up on sleep.

Next stop: Grand Junction, CO

Jul 3, 2010

Colorado was absolutely beautiful, that stretch makes the route. I didn’t take too many photos with my phone so only one to upload now; many with my camera, so it’ll be a bit to see some of those shots.

Our engine overheated going up the Rockies, thankfully they have a backup; but we did lose about 2 hours once we made it to Denver to switch out engines. The station is right next to Coors Field which the Giants were playing when we pulled in, we could’ve caught a few innings.

Thankfully a new sleeper car was added on in Denver, so we were able to switch rooms and the new one was much more comfortable, amazing what a little air can do. We actually slept decent and in better spirits.

Today we’ve gone through Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois – lots and lots of farmland. We are about an hour out of Chicago now, and about 5 hours total delay; at least we didn’t have a connection but the extra time on the train is a bit tiring.

Time to pack up and get ready for the second half of the vacation.

New Giants Fan

Danelle and I took our fathers to a Giants game against the Dodgers. It was a beautiful day, unfortunately the Giants lost but everyone had a good time.

I’ve already converted Danelle to a Giants fan, at least when they aren’t playing the Angels. I think her Pops is on his way to becoming a fan too.

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Spring Time!

This week marks our one-year anniversary in the house. We’re testing our green thumbs now with some gardening, a little limited on space due to a certain four-legged enemy to plants. Hopefully his chewing and wanton destruction is only a puppy phase, unfortunately it may last up to 2-years old. Our first planting is to attempt a salsa garden, we planted three types of tomatoes, two types of peppers, cilantro and a few other herbs. We can’t wait until summer and it all starts coming in. Fresh salsa on us!

Also it looks like we didn’t end up killing any of our flowers, they all survived the winter. We even planted some tulips, which were from Matt and Karen’s wedding and they came up beautiful!

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Introductions, Blessings and Giving Thanks!

Marcus’ brother and family came out from Washington D.C. for the baptism of their daughter Kasia and Thanksgiving. It was the first time Danelle met the whole family, his wife Amada and Marcus’ godson Aleksander. The baptism was beautiful, Mike is the Godfather for Kasia and Mom was standing in for Amada’s sister as Godmother.

For Thanksgiving Marcus made a delicious pumpkin soup and a skillet apple pie, I prepared a green bean casserole. All the food was scrumptious and Marcus’ dessert was a hit! We enjoyed the time with the family and have so much to be thankful for this year. Peace and love this holiday season!

Happy Halloween!

Our first Halloween at our new house! We had fun decorating, carving pumpkins and handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters. After living in the city for many years, it was the first time in the long time for us to get any kids. We got a good many, but still have lots of candy left over.

Kingston got into the excitement and dressed up, too; he was a little red devil. He did a good job wearing his cape, but he didn’t like to wear the horns.

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Kingston

Introducing the newest member of our family, Kingston! We picked up the little guy on Tuesday and immediately fell for him, he is such a sweetheart. Also a little bit of a terror and a handful, but such a cutie. He’s a Vizsla, also known as the Hungarian Pointer, 10-weeks old and weighs about 20lbs.